10 Things I’ve Learned So Far at the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference
10 Things I've learned So Far at the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference
1. The wine bloggers conference confirms what many bloggers already knew: There is a strong sense of community among bloggers.
2. The good folks at the Secret Sherry Society has convinced me that Fino Sherry is an interesting substitute for the vermouth in a Manhattan and I'll be investigating this idea fully.
3. Downtown Walla Walla is absolutely charming.
4. The European Bloggers Conference will next be in Vienna….VIENNA!! I know this because I tasted through a slew of great Austrian Rieslings and Gruners being poured by Ryan and Gabriella of Catavino, who are organizing the conference. Vienna!! I think they need an American blogger to bring over who can speak to the issue of being both a publicist and a blogger. I'll look around for someone like that.
5. Harry Waugh, the great wine writer and mentor to Wine Blogger Conference Keynote Speaker Steve Heimoff, sired twins in his eighties. The power of wine continues to astound me.
6. The wine blog-reading world and wine blog award judges have come to appreciate the insightful work of Jeff Lefevere at Good Grape as much as I have and bestowed upon him two 2010 American Wine Blog Awards: Best Graphics and Best Business Wine Blog.
7. Passing the Wine Blog Awards to the OpenWine Consortium and Wine Blogger Conference was a good idea. They are clearly in good hands.
8. There are people roaming the wine blogger conference looking to hire the right wine blogger to work for them. The industry is looking at the blogging community as a recruiting ground.
9. My talks with many wine bloggers tell me that many are deterred from larger readership by suspecting their views, ideas and thoughts are unworthy of posting. It's a mistake.
10.Walla Wallans know how to open their doors to wine bloggers